Alicia K. Russell’s career spans over 20 years in higher education in which she has focused on setting strategic goals; planning, designing, leading and growing educational technology programs; and measuring their effectiveness. She is skilled at fostering productive collaboration and communication among key partners across colleges, departments and faculty support units to ensure flexible, scalable and robust support for teaching, learning, and research.

Until November 2012, Dr. Russell was the director of Northeastern University’s Educational Technology Center, which she founded in 1998. The Center was the university’s hub for the exploration, development and implementation of emerging technologies to support teaching, learning and research goals. Dr. Russell managed the Center and set strategic goals for Northeastern’s educational technology efforts, bringing together university resources to fund, design and implement technology-facilitated courses and teaching projects, and to measure their effectiveness. She served on University task forces and committees concerned with online, hybrid and face-to-face teaching, mobile learning, and learning spaces. She collaborated with other faculty support units, writes grants, and presented the Center’s work at local, national and international conferences. Under Dr. Russell’s direction, the Center developed many scalable, sustainable, award-winning web-based projects and initiatives. As EdTech Center director, Dr. Russell brokered partnerships and fostered collaboration among university departments, publishing companies, hardware and software vendors, and organizations ranging from local to international in scope, such as Educause, Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) New Media Consortium (NMC), Campus Technology and NERCOMP.

Dr. Russell’s current research focuses on how technology can be used to improve learning at the course, program and college levels; and the investigation of how designing and teaching online can serve as a catalyst for encouraging faculty to re-examine their pedagogical assumptions.

She is working with the Arlington Public Schools Education Foundation, specifically on its Technology Initiative. The group is launching a three-year fundraising initiative to accelerate the infusion of technology into the Arlington Public Schools, and collaborating with Arlington’s assistant superintendent on a number of ideas, including the possibility of providing online courses for high school students. Additionally, the group is exploring the opportunities for collaboration among higher ed and k-12 teachers.

Dr. Russell has presented frequently on ways technology can serve as
a catalyst for better teaching, and has served on program and innovation committees for national organizations concerned with educational technology. She holds an Ed.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, and MA and BA degrees from the University of Kansas. Prior to entering the educational technology field, she taught English for ten years in the US and Japan. She can be reached at

  • Highlights

    Alicia Russell's article on Northeastern's Mobile Learning Initiative.

    Alicia Russell's keynote presentation on examples of three US universities' attempts to create a campus that supports the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

    A presentation by Alicia Russell describing the EdTech Center’s award-winning comprehensive approach to instructional design at the New Media Consortium’s 2002 conference.

    View Alicia K. Russell's Resume